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Trevon Duval Declares for NBA Draft

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman guard Trevon Duval has announced that he will enter his name in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Duval is the 14th Duke freshman to declare for the NBA Draft. He joins a group that includes Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Tyus Jones (2015), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Justise Winslow (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017),Harry Giles (2017), Frank Jackson (2017), and teammate Marvin Bagley III (2018).

Of the previous 12 Duke freshmen to declare for the draft before this season, 11 have been first-round selections, including nine lottery picks.

“We wish Trevon the very best,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “He showed unbelievable improvement, especially at the end of the year. His athleticism and his ability to guard at the next level will help him. We know that great things will happen for Trevon as he embarks on his pro career and will be watching and supporting him every step of the way.”

Duval led Duke with 207 assists, fourth all-time by a Duke freshman. His average of 5.6 assists per game ranked third in the ACC, and is tied for the third-best mark in a season by a Duke freshman. The New Castle, Del., native had four games with 10 or more assists, and had five or more assists on 21 occasions. Duval averaged 10.3 points, reaching double figures 19 times, including a career-high 22 against Portland State.

“I loved my time here at Duke and I enjoyed every second of it,” said Duval. “I want to thank all of the Duke fans, thank each of my teammates – they’re all brothers to me, and each of the coaches that have helped me grow as a young man both on and off the court. I hope to be part of the Duke brotherhood the rest of my life.”

Duval turned it on late in the season, averaging 9.8 points and 7.2 assists in six postseason games. He scored 19 points with eight assists in the NCAA First Round win over Iona, and followed that with 20 points and six assists in the Elite Eight versus Kansas. His 4-of-5 effort from three-point range against Iona set a Duke freshman record for three-point accuracy in an NCAA Tournament game. The 11 assists he collected in Duke’s ACC Tournament win over Notre Dame were one shy of his career high.

Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last seven years. Coach K has mentored 35 first-round picks, including a draft-record 23 lottery selections. The Blue Devils matched a school record with four draft selections last season, including three first-rounds and two lottery picks.

Duke Dominates Another HS All American Team

Future Blue Devils dominate the USA Today All American Team.

The honors keep rolling in for Duke Blue Devils to be.  USA Today has named R.J. Barrett the player of the year and on their first team of the best high school players in the nation.

He is joined by Tre Jones, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson  giving Duke four players on their first team.  They are joined by a junior in Vernon Carey who Duke is also recruiting.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: SG R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL.)

PG Tre Jones, Apple Valley H.S. (Apple Valley, Minn.)

SF Cam Reddish, Westtown School H.S. (Westchester, PA.)

PF Zion Williamson, Spartanburg Day H.S. (Spartanburg, S.C.)

F Vernon Carey Jr., University School H.S. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

All four of the future Blue Devils will participate in the Jordan Brand Classic this Sunday at 3:30 on ESPN in Brooklyn. New York.  They will then head to the Nike Hoop Summit which will tip-off next Friday.

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Way Too Early Top 25’s Love Duke

Way too early top 25's love Duke! The Blue Devils are picked 2nd in each one behind Kansas. We link the four major ones below. 

One thing for certain we can all admit is that its way too early to ponder next season's pre season top 25.  Afterall, recruiting is still going on and some players have yet to decide whether they'll cast their lot to the NBA or European League.

Las Vegas has even issued early odds on the 2018-19 college basketball season.  They've already put a target on the Duke Blue Devils back making them a 5-1 favorite to win it all -- the best odds of any team.

Trust me when I say not too many fans like those early odds.  When I tweeted about it last night it was met with more disdain than joy.  And who is to say these fans are not right?  I mean, again, the dust has barely settled on this past season and Duke is hyped.

In the coming days we will be hearing about more players decisions on whether to stay or leave.  Even then, some players will test the waters while gaining information where they can pull out of the draft if they do not hire an agent.

We can expect that Wendell Carter will put his name in the draft sometime this week.  It is not like it is a secret he is going pro because he is a projected lottery pick and a high one at that.

Duke could also lose Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr.  And there is a chance Marques Bolden could test the waters for the experience without hiring an agent.  Some are already counting two of these players out be that good information or not.

Things will start to move fast now.  The players mentioned above will meet with the Duke staff.  Mike Krzyzewski will work his network of contacts to see what guys are saying with concern to his guys status.  There will also be some meeting with potential agents and a lot of weighing out the scenarios.

A lot goes into decisions and it is not always an easy one.  We discuss these kind of things on our message board for members. All of the aforementioned goes for other players around the country as well. That is why it is somewhat ridiculous to create early odds and top 25's.

But those way too early polls will change as there is player movement.  And there is always plenty of player movement via transfer, going pro or adding a key recruit.

There are 216 days to go before Duke takes on Kentucky in the Champions Classic which will take place on November the 6th.  That game is the opener and a grand one at that.

In the next several months there will be plenty of time to talk about the outstanding newcomers.  We will hear that the team is too young by some to reach the Final Four in Minneapolis.  Others will say they are too talented not to be there.

What I am getting at is Duke will always be the hunted and have a target on their back.  That is something the fan base has to understand and the pressure comes from long-term success.

So, it is the day after the national championship and Villanova has yet to be greeted in Philadelphia after their conquest.  But what else do Duke fans have to talk about other than next season?  And with that said, brace yourself for our list of links in the annual Way Too Early Top 25's.

CBS Sports Way Too Early Top 25 - Duke Ranked 2nd

ESPN Way Too Early Top 25 - Duke #2

The Sporting News Way Too Early Top 24 - Duke #2

Sports Illustrated Way Too Early Top 25 - Duke is picked 2nd

You can see a trend there in that the Blue Devils are currently projected as the second best team in the country.  And for what it is worth, Kansas, the team that beat Duke this past season is ranked at the top in all four projections.

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Chris Carrawell is the new Duke AC

Chris Carrawell (center) joins the Duke staff. Photo - Mark Watson, BDN

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the hiring of former Blue Devil Chris Carrawell as an assistant coach. Earlier this week, Krzyzewski promoted Nate James and Jon Scheyer to associate head coaches after Jeff Capel was named the head coach at Pittsburgh.

To complete his restructured staff, Coach K has also announced that Nolan Smith has been promoted to Director of Basketball Operations, while David Bradley has been named Creative Director for the program.

Carrawell returns to Durham after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Marquette University under his Duke teammate Steve Wojciechowski. The 2000 ACC Player of the Year and a first team All-America selection, Carrawell played for the Blue Devils from 1996 to 2000. He was a senior captain.

“We are ecstatic, and honored, to have Chris return to Duke Basketball,” said Krzyzewski. “Chris is an excellent coach who understands what it takes to compete and win at the highest level. He will be an outstanding role model for our current and future players. We are excited that Chris has chosen to become a part of our coaching staff.”

As a player at Duke, Carrawell was a two-time All-ACC selection. He is tied for 32nd on the all-time scoring list at Duke with 1,455 career points and also ranks 15th in school history with 0.8 blocks per game and tied for eighth with 116 overall wins. Duke dominated the ACC during Carrawell’s career, as his 66 conference victories are the second-most by a Blue Devil.

“What an amazing opportunity,” said Carrawell. “I never imagined I’d have another chance to work for Coach K, who is the best coach of all-time and like a father figure to me. I am thrilled to be a part of this world-class university and basketball program again, and look forward to working with our staff, the administration, and most importantly, the student-athletes who we have the opportunity to coach, lead and mentor every day. I cannot wait to get back to Durham and get to work.”

With Carrawell on the squad, Duke won a pair of ACC Tournament titles and reached the 1999 Final Four by tying a school record for wins (37-2).

The native of St. Louis, Mo., Carrawell arrived at Marquette after serving three years as an assistant coach with the Springfield Armor, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, of the NBA Development League. He worked under Bob MacKinnon the first two seasons before Doug Overton took over the squad in 2013-14.

Prior to working with the Armor, Carrawell served in a variety of roles at his alma mater. He was the Assistant Video Coordinator/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2010-11 and Graduate Assistant/Head Team Manager from 2008-10, after being hired in 2007-08 as the Duke Athletics Outreach Coordinator. He also briefly worked with the Duke women's basketball team before his departure to pro coaching.

A second round draft pick by the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, Carrawell played overseas after graduating from Duke. He last played in Holland in 2007 where his team finished second after losing in the championship finals.

Carrawell is married to his wife Keisha and is the father of two boys, Caleb and Christian.

Smith, who completed his third season on Duke’s staff, has been promoted to Director of Basketball Operations. A consensus first-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 2011 for the Blue Devils, Smith will work in conjunction with the coaching and support staff to ensure that all team-related needs are met. He will oversee the student manager program, while implementing and creating the daily basketball calendar, and practice schedule. Among a wide-range of duties, he will coordinate all meals and food for the basketball program, while assisting with team travel.

Bradley has been involved with Duke’s branding and recruiting efforts for more than 15 years, helping Duke Basketball become the most-followed program in college athletics. With Bradley in this newly-created position, the Blue Devils will continue to remain at the forefront of social media strategy, recruiting, messaging, branding and former player involvement. Bradley graduated from Duke in 2004 with a Sociology degree and worked for Duke Basketball his entire career, including three years as an undergraduate.


Marvin Bagley Declares for NBA Draft

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III has announced that he will enter his name in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Bagley is the 12th Duke freshman to declare for the NBA Draft. He joins a group that includes Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Tyus Jones (2015), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Justise Winslow (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017), and Harry Giles (2017).

Each of the previous 11 Duke freshmen in the draft was a first-round selection, including nine lottery picks.

“No freshman has done more in his freshman year than Marvin,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “He’s broken every record and he’s really represented us at the highest level. I’m proud of him because he came in late and he adapted at the highest level. We wish him well. He and his family have prepared him well for this move. He’s ready. I can only see great things happening for him.”

In his one season in Durham, Bagley III etched his name all over the Duke record books. He broke nine Duke freshman records including points (694), scoring average (21.0), rebounds (366), rebounding average (11.1), 30-point games (7), double-doubles (22), dunks (98), 15+ rebound games (8) and 20-10 games (12). The Phoenix, Ariz., native was named both the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year after becoming the 13th player to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding. He was the first Blue Devil and first conference freshman to accomplish the feat.

“I want to thank everyone that supported us throughout the entire year,” said Bagley. “The coaching staff and my teammates have made this such a great year and something so special. I’ve always dreamed of coming to Duke and being part of this tradition under Coach K. I’m just so thankful for the opportunity here at Duke, and to have been part of it.”

Bagley III was one of just four players nationally – and one of two freshmen – to average 20.0+ points and 10+ rebounds this season. He ranked third in the NCAA and second in Duke history in double-doubles with 22. Bagley scored in double-figures in 32 of the 33 games he played in, including tying the Duke freshman scoring record with 34 points against Texas. He also broke the Duke single game freshman rebounding record by hauling in 21 against Florida State. His 98 dunks are the single-season Duke record.

Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last seven years. Coach K has mentored 35 first-round picks, including a draft-record 23 lottery selections. The Blue Devils matched a school record with four draft selections last season, including three first-rounds and two lottery picks.

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We discuss who will  declare for the NBA draft, the aftermath of Capel leaving while James and Scheyer are promoted, the vacant assistant job and some recruiting in the latest update on the message board.

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